Here I am at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) in San Francisco. This conference is huge with around 15,000 attendees and a phone book for a program guide. At first I was a little apprehensive about coming but then I went to a talk about Hip-Hop Based Education (HHBE). The session was based around a book created by several educational researchers doing work in the area of HHBE, with one of my favorite science education researchers, Dr. Chris Emdin, from Teachers College (check out this ABC News video featuring his work). That talk alone was enough to validate my travels to this conference and it was my first session. The speakers offered challenges to how HHBE was being defined and to how to shape the legacy of HHBE. The discussant talked not about “culturally relevant pedagogy” but “cultural sustaining pedagogy”, which was an interesting distinction. It was exciting to see the passion of the speakers (and the crowd) for the work they do. I am eager to learn more and share what I learn with others. So in that spirit I decided to share my notes on the conference with those that care to look. Enjoy!